Monday, February 9, 2009

A Visit To The Cleveland Zoo in Winter

When I wrote about a familiar place, the Cleveland Metropark Zoo, on Mountain Woman's Red Pine Mountain blog, I realized I didn't have any winter pictures of it even though we have gone in the winter. So, the last Saturday of January, since it warmed up to near 40 degrees, we went to get some winter pictures. Waterfowl Lake was frozen and the ducks were out on the ice with some holes in the ice for swimming.

Australian Adventure was closed so I had to take a picture of the Wallaby through the fence, but we did get to go into the Koala Hideout to see the Koalas and the tree kangaroo (he's sitting in the tree slightly right center of the picture if you look at the slide show).

The water fall for the bears and tigers was frozen. Here you can see what a nice open area the bear has with no bars which is very different than how it used to be a long time ago. Visit "My Funny Dad, Harry" blog to see some pictures of how the bear exhibit looked years ago.

Unfortunately, we couldn't see the new Mexican wolves because they were all hiding way in the back by the fence in their wooded area.

Of course, the Rain forest provides a nice break from winter since it's kept at 80-85 degrees in there year round.

Waterfowl Lake was particularly beautiful with all the snow but we didn't sit on any benches like we do in the summer. As you can see, the snow was sort of blocking them.


Ratty said...

I love going to the zoo. I've been waiting until it gets warm to go, but your post makes me wonder if my Detroit Zoo is open now. I always thought it closed for the winter.


The snow looks beautiful. Great pics! Thanks for sharing!

Karen and Gerard said...

I know our zoo is open year round. The only day it's closed is on Christmas.

Health Nut Wannabee Mom,
Glad you liked the pictures!

tahtimbo said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures. I have to say that I would probably be at the rain forest exhibit for most of the time. Did you have a picnic? :)

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